Silicon Prairie News

5159_4257da8878_small January 8, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Las Vegas A short documentary shot in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas just three months ago debuts today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. "Silicon Prairie: America's New Internet Economy," a 22-minute film that follows reddit's Internet 2012 Bus Tour last October, will show at 9:30 a.m. local time at the Las Vegas Convention Center. … read more

5153_0030927860_small January 4, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

"Something Ventured," a documentary tracing the creation of the venture capital industry, is scheduled to air on public television stations in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas starting Sunday. Featuring interviews with notable venture capitalists, the film showcases the stories behind the fundings of tech industry legends, such as Apple, Intel, Cisco and Atari. The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film festival in March 2012, and it has since been released on DVD and Netflix. Here are the dates and times it will air on public television in the region … read more

5100_4ce9c94361_small December 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Mike Farmer has spent time in Silicon Valley and New York, but he says he hasn't seen anything quite like what's springing up along State Line Road in Kansas City. Farmer is the founder and CEO of Kansas City, Kan.-based mobile search startup Leap2, and his company is part of Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV), a grassroots community of startups … read more

5077_9d7ad47afd_small December 4, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City CNN show Anderson Cooper 360º on Monday highlighted the entrepreneurial activity taking place in the first neighborhood to receive Google Fiber in the Kansas City area. "In the bustling heart of Kansas City, the pioneer spirit is burning brightly," CNN's Tom Foreman reports as footage from the Nov. 28 edition of 1 Million Cups appears. "Entrepreneurs trading … read more

5054_68202c5152_small November 28, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Need a kick in the entrepreneurial pants? Look no further than the latest installment in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Sketchbook Series. In the video, which was released earlier this month, serial entrepreneur Geoffrey Clapp encourages entrepreneurs to stop talking and start doing. … read more

5051_41108d5c3b_small November 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines With a nod to graphs that illustrated sharply declining music industry revenues and plummeting newspaper circulation figures, Idan Cohen established what's at stake in the television industry. "We've seen what happens actually when internet takes over an industry," Cohen said Oct. 11 during his talk at Thinc Iowa 2012. "It tends to blow up … read more

4996_33aaa6830c_small November 26, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lawrence The athletic department at the University of Kansas currently boasts a pair of nationally ranked basketball teams, but high-end hoops is par for the course in Lawrence. New this year, KU can also tout top-tier weight-lifting technology, which it's using to improve the strength and conditioning work of its basketball teams and other Jayhawk squads. … read more

5048_672e752b91_small November 23, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City More than 20 companies kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week earlier this month by taking part in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's second Startup@Kauffman Demo Day. "I think Mr. (Kauffman) would've absolutely loved this event," Kauffman Foundation's Cameron Cushman said, noting the event combined Kauffman's love for entrepreneurship and love for Kansas City. Though the event is titled "Demo Day," not … read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.